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The San Antonio Rampage ended a six-game winning streak as they dropped a 6-1 decision to the Toronto Marlies on Wednesday night at the AT&T Center.
Marlies defenseman Keith Aulie opened the scoring 14:38 into the first period as Toronto center Alex Foster sent a cross-ice pass to Aulie above the left crease where his shot fired high to the stick side of Rampage goaltender Al Montoya and into the net for a 1-0 advantage.
Toronto claimed a 2-0 lead off defenseman Josh Engel’s power play goal at the 16:32 mark of the opening frame. Matt Lashoff passed from the slot to Engel at the right faceoff circle for a shot that went to the low glove side of Montoya. Former Rampage forward Mike Zigomanis was credited with the second assist.
Rampage defenseman Garrett Stafford cut the deficit in half, 2-1, with one minute remaining in the first period when he fired a bullet from the blue line low past Marlies goaltender James Reimer’s glove. Maxim Goncharov and Brett MacLean added the helpers on Stafford’s 11th point of the season, the most by any defenseman in the league.
Toronto’s Reimer did not return to the ice after the first intermission which prompted Marlies head coach Dallas Eakins to replace him with goaltender Jussi Rynnas in goal for the remainder of the contest.
Toronto pushed their extended their lead 3-1 when left wing Jerry D’Amigo scored on the power play 15:56 into the second period. D’Amigo received the puck at the right post and tipped it into the open net for his first goal of the season.
Just 57 seconds later, the Marlies scored again extending their lead 4-1 as Foster’s shot from the slot went high glove side past Montoya’s shoulder. Josh Engel chipped in on the play with the lone assist.
The Marlies took a commanding 5-1 lead 2:11 into the third period on center Justin Hodgman’s goal. D’Amigo sent a backhanded pass to set up Hodgman above the crease who then fired a shot that went high to the stick side of Montoya.
Toronto sealed their victory at 6-1 on Jay Rosehill’s first goal of the season at the 12:11 mark of the final stanza. Rosehill shot from the slot as the puck found the back of the net through the upper left corner. Darryl Boyce provided the assist.
Montoya finished the night with 18 saves on 24 shot attempts while Reimer and Rynnas combined for 35 saves on 36 Rampage shots for the Marlies first win against the Rampage in regulation in franchise history.
The Rampage will travel to Abbotsford this weekend as they play the Heat in back-to-back games on Friday and Saturday night with faceoff set for 9 p.m. (CDT).